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42-30210

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 8/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG [--W] Knettishall 15/6/43; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Chas Penn, Bombardier: Frank Pelkowski, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Spiga, Ball turret gunner: Roland Jacobson, Waist gunner: Julius Colonna, Waist gunner: Marion O’Neal,Tail gunner: Jim Pacella (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Dick Washbourne, Navigator: Jim Berryhill, Radio Operator: Bill Nadler (3 Killed in Action); flak & enemy aircraft crashed Nettersheim, 15 miles SW of Eukirchen, Ger.; Missing Air Crew Report 3264.

Service

Units

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Berryhill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230210. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Julius Colonna

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230210. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Eiga

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward Jacobson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Nadler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Marion O'Neal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230210. Prisoner of War (POW). POW/Good Conduct Medal

  • James Pacella

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230210. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Pelkowski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230210. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Washbourne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

Places

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Belgium 30 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3264 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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